I am an elected member of the London Assembly and this site links through to some of the work that I have done on the Assembly.
Following the Mayoral Elections I have been appointed by Boris Johnson as Deputy Mayor of London.
The Red Arrows attend the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight
The Red Arrows pilots on stage with the Mayor of Bromley, Julian Bennington and the Deputy Mayor of London, Victoria Borwick during presentations to mark their 50th Anniversary.
Interview with Victoria Borwick, Deputy Mayor of London
"In case you were wondering, should Boris Johnson happen to be out of action for any length of time then it is Victoria Borwick as his statutory deputy who would step in to take charge. Despite the baffling total of seven deputy mayors it is Victoria whom Boris has selected as his first among equals and having chatted with her I can quite understand why."
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Making London's schools healthier
Our Healthy Schools London programme aims to help children be healthy and happy. Victoria Borwick AM, Deputy Mayor of London explains more.
We all agree that a good education is vital to a young person’s future. Schools are also one of the biggest influences on a child’s health and social and emotional development. From meals at lunchtime and exercise in the playground to learning social skills and self-respect, it’s where children develop skills and habits for a healthy and happy life.
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Crossrail scoops prize for civil engineering excellence
Crossrail has bagged the London Infrastructure Award for civil engineering excellence.
A ceremony run by the Institution of Civil Engineers saw the Crossrail team honoured at the institute’s headquarters on Thursday night.
Part of Crossrail's new rail line will see Whitechapel connect Canary Wharf, crossing the Thames, with a new station in Woolwich and connecting with the North Kent Line at Abbey Wood.
The judging panel, including the Deputy Mayor of London, Cllr Victoria Borwick AM, said: “Crossrail represents the greatest real infrastructure project London has seen in modern times.
Read the rest of the article at thisislocallondon.co.uk.
Healthy Schools London
Issue 3: Spring Term 2014
Deputy Mayor, Victoria Borwick is a huge supporter of Healthy Schools London and has recently visited two schools and given out HSL Awards to schools in Kingston and Enfield.
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Healthy Schools London website.
BBC School Report SPCS 2014
St. Paul's Cathedral School were very lucky to have Victoria Borwick , Deputy Mayor of London, visit us in our school library to be interviewed for School Report 2014.
We asked Mrs Borwick questions on a variety of issues related to London including: tube strikes; the police and the Plebgate affair; the EU; Heathrow expansion and the smoking ban in cars containing children.
National Apprenticeships Week 2014
Victoria spoke in Clerkenwell in support of National Apprenticeships Week 2014.
National Apprenticeships Week is designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
Trafalgar Square transformed into mock hospital ward for NHS Change Day 2014
Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick heads campaign to raise awareness of health volunteering
Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick serves tea in a pop-up hospital ward in the middle of Trafalgar Square as part of the run up to NHS Change Day in London.
NHS Change Day, supported by Team London and older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service, is a national day of action on 3rd March during which staff, patients and anyone else who cares about their NHS can pledge to do one positive thing to make it better.
And, to mark the occasion, London's iconic Trafalgar Square will be turned into a mock hospital - complete with beds, 'patients', volunteers and frontline NHS staff - to encourage Londoners to make an NHS Change Day pledge to "give up at least an hour of time volunteering to help their local health and care services".
Schools in Enfield honoured for promoting healthy lifestyle for pupils.
Schools in Enfield have won prizes for their work promoting a healthy lifestyle for their pupils.
As part of the Mayor’s Healthy Schools London (HSL) programme, 19 Enfield schools received bronze awards at a ceremony at Worcesters Primary School in Goat Lane, Enfield.
The scheme asked schools to work with children from four years old to teach them about healthy eating and physical exercise and build their self-confidence.
London's Deputy Mayor Victoria Borwick presented the awards to the schools for their hard work.
Victoria Borwick Welcomes in the Chinese New Year
Victoria Borwick Adressed the crowds at Trafalgar Square before the celebrations started for the Chinese new Year on Sunday 2nd February
Metropolitan Police and mayor put forward case for water cannon
At a meeting of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee on the 29th January the Mayor put forward the case for the deployment of Water Cannon on the streets of London.
The Mayor said, "It's highly likely that we will very rarely see these things on the streets of London, if ever".
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London Assembly publishes report on Duck Tours fire
Credit: London SE1 community website
A committee set up by the London Assembly to make recommendations in response to the recent fire on board a London Duck Tours amphibious vehicle has published its report.
"The Thames is a fantastic resource for London and it is important the reputation of the river is not undermined by this rare incident," said Baroness Borwick AM, chair of the committee.
Beat this Jamie Oliver. Schoolchildren feed up chicken and boil her eggs for lunch
Credit: Your Local Guardian
New Malden primary schoolchildren are looking after chickens, collecting their eggs and boiled them to eat.
They have also grown fruit and vegetables in school allotments, helping them to win a bronze healthy lifestyle award.
Burlington Junior School pupils became the first in the borough to get the Healthy Schools London Bronze Award.
It is part of the Mayor of London's initiative to improve young people's health and wellbeing.
London's older people “contribute billions to economy”
Credit: Chris Young, PA Wire
Pensioners contribute an estimated £6.3 billion a year to the London economy through work and activities such as childcare and volunteering, according to a study out today.
The report by the Greater London Assembly assesses the contribution of older people, and aims to disprove the perception that they are a burden on their families and the public purse.
Deputy Mayor Victoria Borwick will announce the report's findings at the Positive Ageing in London conference today. She said: “Older Londoners are not slowing down. They are at the coalface of our economy, contributing through paid as well as unpaid work.”
Rashid Razaq, Evening Standard
Victoria at Japan Matsuri 2013
Victoria attended the Japan Matsuri Festival in Trafalgar Square.
"It was really wonderful to have the presence of Lady Borwick last Saturday.
Our Japan Matsuri was very well received overall, and her presence made our festival different. People were very happy to receive her as special guest who kindly shows us attachment to our country."
Press images of the event are available here.
Sunday 6th October 2013
Sunday 6th October, like the rest of the UK, we celebrated Silver Sunday, confirming how much the older members of our society contribute to our well being. There were a range of wonderful activities to encourage us all to join in.
I joined Jill Ruddock at the Second Half Centre - which celebrates the second half of our lives find out more at: www.thesecondhalfcentre.com
Saturday 5th October 2013
On Saturday 5th October in the afternoon Victoria Borwaick went to Olympia Exhibition Centre to present the awards at the Vegfest UK. This popular events showcases the best in vegetarian foods from around the world.
Japan Matsuri 2013
Saturday 5th October
This was a wonderful festival of food and entertainment celebrating Japanese culture
A Taste Of South East Asia: Malaysia Night 2013
Friday 4th October 2013
Victoria Borwaick visited Malaysia night at Trafalgar Square on Friday 4th October. This was a fun open event with lots of demonstrations and entertainment.
Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick, who opened the event, said: “I am very excited to be attending this year's Malaysian Night Market.
“I have no doubt that links between London and Malaysia will continue to thrive, underpinned by wonderful cultural events like the night market.”
HMS Belfast celebrates 75th anniversary
Alderman Gavin Robinson, Lord Mayor of Belfast, and Victoria Borwick, Deputy Mayor of London, broke a bottle of champagne over the ship's bow to mark the start of a weekend of celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the ship's launch on St Patrick's Day 1938.
HMS Belfast - which saw action in World War II - has been moored on the Thames upstream of Tower Bridge for more than half its history, having arrived in London in 1971.
"I've worked for the last five years just a few steps away at City Hall, and we all enjoy the magnificent sight of HMS Belfast; one of the iconic sights of London," said Victoria Borwick AM.
Shorter bus routes and flexible fares to end Oxford Street chaos
Article in the London Evening Standard, 20th November
Transport bosses have been urged to think the unthinkable to liberate the West End from its "great wall" of double decker buses.
About 270 buses trundle slowly down Oxford Street every hour - many almost empty outside rush hours - bringing pollution, congestion and a higher risk of accidents.
At the People Not Traffic conference, organised by the New West End Company, Transport for London officials were told to consider radical solutions to end the bottleneck. They included a rethink of historic bus routes and flexible tickets to encourage passengers to change buses rather than sit on the same one to save money.
Opening of a new library
by Amol Rajan, Independant, 7th September
“A gloriously uplifting tale has crossed my desk, and there's so much guff and depressing nonsense in the news just now that I thought it only decent and proper to report it. At St Cuthbert and St Matthias Church of England Primary School in Earls Court, West London, yesterday afternoon, Lady Borwick, deputy mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, opened a new library. It was the culmination of an inspirational campaign by school governors.”
Deputy mayor praises skills of children's intensive care teams
London's deputy mayor, Victoria Borwick, paid tribute to Royal Brompton's children's intensive care teams when she visited the hospital on Wednesday (yesterday).
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Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick Discusses Prioritising Investigations
Victoria Borwick Assembly Member held the Mayor to account regarding the screening out of crimes, and push for full investigations.
Welcoming the news that the Metropolitan Police Service will now offer all victims of crime a home visit by a police officer Victoria asks for less crime to be "screened out" from being fully investigated.
Mullivaaykkaal Remembrance Day
Deputy Mayor Lady Victoria Borwick speaking at the Mullivaaykkaal Remembrance Day in Trafalgar Square.
Deputy Mayor Visits Air Cadets to Present Trophy for Best Cadet
Victoria Borwick, on her first engagement as Deputy Mayor of London, joined cadets and parents of 46F Kensington Squadron, Air Cadets, for their Annual Parade at their Brompton Road Headquarters.
The cadets, who range from 13 to 20 years old, put on a fine display of skills including a marching band and obstacle course demonstration with parents fully participating in the event. The display was followed by presentation parade and many young cadets received various certificates of accomplishment including Duke of Edinburgh awards, gliding scholarships and BTECs.
Cadet Sergeant Maddie Butler, 16, was presented a Best Cadet Trophy by the Deputy Mayor. She said, 'the Air Cadets has provided me with the opportunity to have unique experiences that I couldn't elsewhere'.
The Squadron, formed in 1939, is entirely manned by volunteers and has been based at their Brompton Road location since 1979. The cadets have large sports hall, a flight simulator, a gym and various classrooms where they study for BTEC in Aviation Studies. Air Cadets participate in a range of challenging activities from flying and gliding to rock climbing and canoeing. There' something for everyone and as their motto says.. Venture Adventure!
(The Squadron meets on Monday and Friday evenings 020 7591 0146)
Protecting London's Position as a World City
The Estuary Airport
London Assembly member, Victoria Borwick, has said this morning that the time for building a new airport in the Thames estuary has passed and that the Government should look at quicker alternatives to boost aviation capacity in south east England.
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Heathrow-Gatwick Rail Link Would Create Aircraft Hub
A report on Channel 4 News about a high-speed railway connection between Heathrow and Gatwick.
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August riots to lead Wednesday's questions to the Mayor
The London Assembly questions to the Mayor which took place on September 14th.
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Report of the Civil Liberties Panel: Protecting the innocent: the London experience of DNA and the National DNA Database
This is a covering report to the Civil Liberties Panel review into the National DNA Database and the use of DNA in the Metropolitan Police Service.
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Article in the Kensington & Chelsea Chronicle
Social landlords back Crossrail bid.
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Victoria Borwick on kentnews.co.uk
Victoria Borwick has called for plans to build a new airport to be looked at again.
"60 percent of the delays at Heathrow are caused by jets circling over London. They do this for a cumulative total of 55 hours per day and emit more than 190 tonnes of carbon dioxide while they are doing so."
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Victoria Borwick on BBC Radio 4's Today programme
Victoria Borwick speaking on BBC Radio 4 about the resignation of Sir Paul Stephenson.
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Boris 'should revive Gatwick second runway' - Evening Standard Article
Boris Johnson was urged today to revive plans to build a second runway at Gatwick to increase the capital's air capacity.
Victoria Borwick, a leading Tory member of the London Assembly, backed the Mayor's call for a new airport in the South-East but said his idea for a floating hub in the Thames Estuary is likely to be a "longer term aspiration"
London Housing Targets Fuel Poverty
The London Assembly today heard that the nature of London's housing makes it particularly difficult to tackle fuel poverty, which is linked to thousands of deaths every year in the capital.
Threat of job losses at London Ambulance Service will not impact on patient care, Assembly hears
Watch a short video about the Health and Public Services Committee's site visit to the London Ambulance Service headquarters.
The London Ambulance Service today told the London Assembly that its five-year programme involving £53 million of savings and 890 job losses  will not affect patient care .
Members of the Assembly's Health and Public Services Committee heard that around 150 front line staff - paramedics and ambulance technicians - leave every year. Under the London Ambulance Service's plans, the majority of these staff will not be replaced.
However, Michael Dinan, Deputy Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service, said it hoped to deliver improved care more efficiently through new ways of working. He said not having to meet response time targets for non life-threatening calls gives the service more flexibility over handling calls, for example giving health advice over the phone, and treating people where they were, would reduce the number of ambulance trips to A&E, and so should enable it to make the savings it needs without affecting patient care.
The Committee heard how the service is not just about taking people to hospital but sees itself as the mobile arm of the health service, with crews increasingly making decisions about where best to take or refer patients to, which might not always be the nearest Accident and Emergency unit. The London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade also told Members they would welcome more opportunities to share facilities and procurement to increase efficiencies.
Victoria Borwick, Chair of the Health and Public Services Committee, said; "The London Ambulance Service plays an essential and wide-ranging role in looking after the health of Londoners and so it is reassuring to hear that patient care should not be harmed by the planned changes.
"However, it remains to be seen whether the quality of its services can be maintained, and so we will continue to keep an eye on developments to ensure any efficiencies and innovations bring benefits to the healthcare of Londoners as well as help balance the books."
Notes for Editors:
For media enquiries, please contact Lisa Moore/ Julie Wheldon on 020 7983 4228/ 4283. For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.
Time to get moving on Oxford Street congestion
Various schemes to reduce traffic congestion and improve the pedestrian experience in one of the world's premier shopping destinations may not be enough, prompting a call for more radical thinking.
A report published today by the London Assembly Transport Committee - 'Streets ahead: Relieving congestion on Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street' - notes that despite its phenomenal popularity with shoppers, the area continues to be divided by what has been described as a "slow-moving procession of buses and taxis".
At the heart of the problem is the conflict between the need to provide a pleasant shopping and leisure environment, and meeting the demand for transport links through the West End.
Victoria Borwick AM, who led the investigation on behalf of the Transport Committee, said:
It is a complex situation but we are talking about a vital retail destination that generates £5.5billion a year for the UK economy. There has to be a better way to strike the balance between the needs of shoppers and pedestrians and the demand for transport links.
A number of our contributors expressed concerns that current efforts to fix the situation are progressing slowly and ultimately may prove merely to scratch the surface. It's time for the agencies involved to stop talking about solutions and actually put the work into a radical re-examination of central London bus routes so genuine improvements become a reality."
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Metropolitan Police Authority Victoria Borwick tells APA conference 'the buck stops here'
Victoria Borwick, Metropolitan Police Authority member, spoke at the Association of Police Authorities conference in Nottingham on Wednesday 25 November and addressed the debate on police accountability and public redress.
Victoria Said: "In London the Mayor is now Chair of the Police Authority. He was elected with a clear mandate to fight crime. The MPA has responded to this by setting out our plans for the future and the role a visible police authority can play in achieving a balance between local accountability, the Home Office and the police. "
Greater London Authority Newsletter
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London Assembly Park tour
Join me as we take the London Assembly around the Olympic Park for a progress update.
Victoria elected as London Wide member for the Conservative Party
Victoria supported and campaigned for Boris Johnson the Conservative Candidate for Mayor and is delighted that he won.
"I was a Conservative list candidate and was also elected on 1st May as a London Wide member for the Conservative Party."
"Once I have been allocated my new roles within the London Assembly I shall be putting up more information."
Contact Victoria Borwick
Thank you from "The Runner Up" as LBC radio just described me in the interview I have just given regarding the London Mayor.
This has been a very exciting campaign and I know that I did well at the hustings. If more people had the opportunity of seeing me in action I think the contest would have been closer.
However we now have a Conservative candidate and I hope that Boris will win, so that we get a Conservative Mayor who will take a strong line on tackling crime, get London moving again, and cut the waste and extravagance at City Hall.
Thank you to all of you for your help encouragement and support - it has been fantastic.
Victoria Meets Rudy Giuliani
Victoria Borwick today met with Republican Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani to discuss how zero tolerance New York-style policing can be introduced to London to tackle the crime problem.
Victoria has put crime at the forefront of her campaign. During her meeting, she asked how to go about reducing crime. Mr Giuliani told her that the right policy is to have enough police and a clear agenda for tackling law-breaking.
As Mayor of New York, Mr Giuliani had spectacular success in cutting all forms of crime. Between 1993 and 2001, overall crime was halved; murder fell 66 per cent, rape fell by 45 per cent and robbery by 67 per cent.
Under Ken Livingstone, violent crime in London has risen 52 per cent.
Mr Giuliani also told Victoria of his belief in the broken windows policy - even small criminal acts need to be tackled because the knowledge that the law would be enforced would deter more serious crime and professional criminals.
Victoria said "Meeting Mr Giuliani was a great opportunity to discuss how to go about reducing crime levels. I have said that I want to introduce New York style policing and it was a fantastic opportunity to learn how the tide was turned in New York."
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MPA Civil Liberties Panel: 5 November open meeting
Victoria says: “Since 1990 in New York, murders are down 76 per cent, rape down 48 per cent, assault down 61 per cent, and robbery down 76 per cent. Serious crime has more than halved in New York - a city of 7 million people just like London - in 16 years.
“Yet look what's happened in London - big increases in violent crime. We are losing the war on crime when cities in the USA, every bit as challenging as ours, are winning the war on crime.”
"Victoria is a strong champion for Londoners"
Metropolitan Police Authority: Civil Liberties Panel questions senior Met public order officers
Metropolitan Police Authority: Civil Liberties Panel meeting Thursday 17 September 2009
Borwick: Tube workers should not be allowed to strike
A call to ban strikes on the London Underground has been issued by Conservative London mayoral contender Victoria Borwick. Mrs Borwick said that if she was elected Mayor of London she would press the Government for a ban on strikes in essential public services such as the Tube.
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Victoria Borwick's manifesto for a world class London
Conservatives announce Mayoral hustings dates
Today (Monday) the Conservative Party has confirmed the dates for their London Mayoral hustings. The Conservative Party has selected four excellent candidates to contest the London-wide open primary. Any voter in London can register to take part in the open primary which will decide the Conservative candidate for the May 2008 Mayoral election.
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Congestion Charge is an expensive flop
New official figures show only a tiny 1.5% of money from the charge goes on improving London Transport
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Victoria delighted to be selected as an official Conservative Party Mayoral Candidate
Victoria Borwick has today spoken of how delighted she is to be selected by Conservative Party Headquarters as an approved Mayoral candidate.
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Victoria Borwick London Mayoral Candidate talks to the Taxi Trade
Victoria Borwick spoke to TaxiCab News - The Independent Jornal for the Cab Trade.
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Victoria Borwick re-affirms her commitment to running as London Mayor
Victoria Borwick has today re-affirmed her intention to seek the Conservative nomination in the London Mayoral race.
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Borwick: Tube workers should not be allowed to strike
Interview with conservativehome.com
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